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Battle Over Town Status Intensifies Bill That Would Allow Vote On Municipality Nears House Floor
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Battle Over Town Status Intensifies Bill That Would Allow Vote On Municipality Nears House Floor

BY Joe DePriest

The West Norman incorporation fight has dragged on for months, but battle lines are now etched even deeper. Supporters and opponents are stepping up lobbying efforts with legislators, who may soon decide the fate of the proposed new Lincoln County town. In March, the state Senate approved legislation that would allow West Norman residents to vote on incorporation, but the measure has been stuck in the House ever since. In late May, the bill landed in the Finance Committee for the second time and could come to the House floor for a vote within weeks.

06/10/2001
Over 500 Mitchell County CSE Activists Protest Against the County Commissioners Tax Increase
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Press Release

Over 500 Mitchell County CSE Activists Protest Against the County Commissioners Tax Increase

Bakerville – Mitchell County CSE Club gathered over 500 local residents at a local high school on Saturday, June 9, to protest against the county commissioners who are threatening to raise property taxes against the will of the citizens. To counter the County Commissioners, the residents are taking action by gathering petition signatures and getting a strong message out to the community and to the County Commissioners that they will not take excessive taxation lying down. On those petitions they are pledging not to pay their property tax until January 2, 2002, putting fiscal strains on the County’s coffers.

06/09/2001
Global Warming: A Verdict in Search of Evidence
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Press Release

Global Warming: A Verdict in Search of Evidence

In response to a request by the Bush administration, the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) released a report on global warming on June 6. Environmental special interests, members of the media, certain politicians, and international bureaucrats trumpeted selected portions of the report to claim that the science of global warming was now settled, that human activities were responsible, and that the Bush administration was to blame. Obviously they did not read the entire document. The NAS report makes several points of uncertainty abundantly clear:

06/08/2001
Our Economy Needs a Golden Anchor
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Press Release

Our Economy Needs a Golden Anchor

As printed in THE WALL STREET JOURNAL June 28, 2001

06/08/2001
Shame on the Politicians
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Press Release

Shame on the Politicians

The "big spenders" in Raleigh continue to claim that a tax increase or deep cuts in popular programs may be needed to balance the budget while at the same time they increase spending by five percent and then push for a state-run lottery to avoid raising taxes. Jonathan Hill, director of North Carolina Citizens for a Sound Economy, issued the following statement regarding the so-called budget crisis and the push for a state lottery:

06/08/2001
Capitol Comment 295 - Renewable Energy: The Great Hope or the Great Hype?
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Capitol Comment

Capitol Comment 295 - Renewable Energy: The Great Hope or the Great Hype?

With the release of its national energy policy, the Bush administration kicked off its drive for a new approach to meeting America’s energy needs. The report was instantly derided — before it was even released, in fact — by environmental fundraising groups, members of the media, and leaders of the opposition on Capitol Hill.

06/07/2001
Kemp Letters to Congress Support a Tax-Free Internet
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Kemp Letters to Congress Support a Tax-Free Internet

LETTER TO SENATORS: June 6, 2001 Dear Colleague: Attached are letters of support I have written to the sponsors of two bills that will help ensure that the Internet remains tax free: S. 664, the New Economy Tax Fairness Act (NET FAIR), sponsored by Senator Judd Gregg (R-NH), and S. 777, the Internet Tax Nondiscrimination Act (ITNA), sponsored by Senators George Allen (R- VA) and Conrad Burns (R-MT). These are both important pieces of legislation that I believe deserve your consideration and support. Very sincerely yours, Jack Kemp

06/06/2001
An Eye-Catching 475 NC CSE Activists Storm the Capitol to Fight Against Harmful Prescription Drug Formularies
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An Eye-Catching 475 NC CSE Activists Storm the Capitol to Fight Against Harmful Prescription Drug Formularies

Prior Authorization, "limits choice and hurts research..." -- CSE President, Paul Beckner as quoted in the Raleigh News and Observer Raleigh, NC - North Carolina Citizens for a Sound Economy (NC CSE) held its second annual North Carolina CSE Day at the Capitol in Raleigh on June 5. Over 475 dedicated NC CSE grassroots activists flooded the capitol to lobby their legislators on a number of core CSE issues including detrimental prescription drug formularies, tax increases, education and energy issues.

06/06/2001
Groups Rally for Smaller, Cheaper Government
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Groups Rally for Smaller, Cheaper Government

BY Wade Rawlins

Under a white tent behind the Legislative Building on Tuesday, about 250 tax protesters cheered speeches against tax increases and against a state lottery, chanting "We Want Less." Meanwhile, watching the anti-tax rally from just beyond the tent's shadow, state Rep. Paul Luebke, co-chairman of the state House Finance Committee, ticked off a series of possible tax increases his committee may consider to provide more money for the state budget.

06/06/2001
Miller And Miller Introduce Legislation Endorsed By Sugar Reform Coalition
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Miller And Miller Introduce Legislation Endorsed By Sugar Reform Coalition

Reps Dan Miller And George Miller today introduced legislation intended to reform the Federal sugar program. The bill is similar to HR 1850 introduced by Dan Miller in the last Congress, which gained 73 cosponsors but failed to make it out of committee. The legislation would gradually reduce the sugar program's price support until it was eliminated in the year 2004. It would require that all loans made by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to sugar producers must be repaid. Finally, it would assure an adequate supply of sugar to the U.S. market at prices no higher than the world price of sugar or the loan rate in effect for that year. The Coalition for Sugar Reform (CSR) , an "organization of 18 consumer, taxpayer advocacy, environmental and business groups" endorsed the legislation. Larry Graham, Chairman of the CSR Steering Committee and President of the Chocolate Manufacturers Association, said that any reform of the sugar program "should contain four key parts: first, reform should secure adequate supplies for consumers, industrial users and cane refiners; second, reform should accommodate our present and future international trade obligations that provide market access for imports; third, reform should remove the current economic incentives for overproduction; and finally, reform should allow market prices to trade below support levels when market forces dictate." The membership of the Coalition for Sugar Reform includes: American Bakers Association, Americans for Tax Reform, Chocolate Manufacturers Association, Citizens for a Sound Economy, Consumer Federation of America, Consumers for World Trade, Citizens Against Government Waste, Everglades Trust, Friends of the Earth, Grocery Manufacturers of America, Independent Bakers Association, International Dairy Foods Association, National Audubon Society, National Confectioners Association, Taxpayers for Common Sense, United States Cane Sugar Refiners' Association, U.S. Public Interest Research Group, and World Wildlife Fund.

06/06/2001

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